Emergency Medical Science-Bridging Program

  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
  • Program Length: 3 semesters, including 1 summer term

Career Description

The Emergency Medical Science curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to enter the workforce as paramedics. Additionally, the program can provide an Associate Degree for individuals desiring an opportunity for career enhancement. The course of study provides the student an opportunity to acquire basic and advanced life support knowledge and skills by utilizing classroom instruction, practical laboratory sessions, hospital clinical experience, and field internships with emergency medical service agencies. Students progressing through the program may be eligible to apply for both state and national certification exams.

Careers Available

Emergency medical opportunities are available in ambulance services, fire and rescue agencies, air medical services, specialty areas of hospitals, industry, educational institutions, and governmental agencies.

Entry-Level Salary

  • $29,000 – $45,000/yr.

Course of Study

The EMS – Bridging student can achieve the program requirement almost entirely online through distance education. Some of the classes require classroom, lab, and face-to-face instruction.

Recommended Courses and Skills

Anatomy, physiology, computer courses, interpersonal communication, ethics, rescue scene management, EMS management and psychology.

Helpful Personal Attributes

Calmness, good judgment under stress, ability to solve problems, act quickly, direct others, manual dexterity, physical coordination and strength to lift, extricate and move patients, and ability to work as a member of a team.

Program Contact

If you would like additional information about Emergency Medical Science-Bridging Program, contact Page Chandler, Emergency Medical Science Program Coordinator, at 336.757.3064 or pchandler@forsythtech.edu.